Close Reading of Complex
Texts in the 3-8 Modules
Introductions: Triads
• Role
• School
• Biggest “a-ha” so far in this NTI training
Learning Targets
• I can describe the instructional strategy of
“close reading.”
• I can describe the components of text
• I can analyze a classroom lesson for evidence
of the shifts in action.
Jot some thoughts…
• What is close reading?
• What is text complexity?
Text Rendering Protocol
1. Initial Reading – 25 min
1. Re-reading and taking notes – 10 min
1. Organizing your thinking – 5 min
1. Group discussion – 15 min
Key Ideas and Details
Reading Standards
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make
logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support
conclusions drawn from the text.
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their
development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and
interact over the course of a text.
Craft and Structure
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including
determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices
shape meaning or tone.
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences,
paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each
other and the whole.
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and
formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text,
including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in
order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Connect Extend Challenge
• CONNECT: How are the ideas and information presented
CONNECTED to what you already knew?
• EXTEND: What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or
pushed your thinking in new directions?
• CHALLENGE: What is still CHALLENGING or confusing
for you to get your mind around? What questions,
wonderings or puzzles do you now have?
Model Lesson Analysis
• What evidence did you see of the Common
Core Shifts in action in the classroom? (please
try to use the language of the shifts)
Look for Evidence
• Mark evidence of the shifts in your “Close
Reading Lesson” materials in your Module
• Revise, add to, or rewrite your initial thoughts:
What is close reading?
Please use your Reflection Form to capture your
new learning and thinking on the session.

PPT Close Reading of Complex Texts in the Modules